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Chinese man commits suicide as a result of materialism, Christmas cheer

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2520753/Chinese-boyfriend-jumped-death-girlfriend-insisted-going-clothes-shop.html

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A man jumped to his death after a furious row with his girlfriend who insisted they go into another clothes shop.
CCTV shows Tao Hsiao, 38, escorting his girlfriend around a shopping mall in Xuzhou, Jiangsu
province, east China.
After five hours Tao finally had enough and demanded to go home.

Eyewitnesses say he could be heard saying they already had more bags than they could carry, but she insisted on going into one more shop where the was a special offer on shoes.

An eyewitness said: 'He told her she already had enough shoes, more shoes that she could wear in a
lifetime and it was pointless buying any more.

'She started shouting at him accusing him of being a skinflint and of spoiling Christmas, it was a really heated argument.'

The shouting match ended when the man chucked the bags on the floor and jumped over the balcony, smashing into Christmas decorations on his way down before hitting the floor seven storeys below causing shocked shoppers to flee in panic.

Emergency services arrived at the scene but Tao was killed immediately from the impact of the fall.
A shopping spokesman said: 'His body was removed fairly quickly.

'He actually landed on one of the stalls below and then fell to the floor so although the store was damaged it meant he didn't hit anybody.

'This is a tragic incident, but this time of year can be very stressful for many people.'

Possibly this man was not entirely stable. There's a lot of it about.

Possibly this man was not entirely stable. There's a lot of it about.

He may have been unstable. Apparently, this was exacerbated by the control females have in China, due to their limited population relative males.

That's an interesting point. Who would have guessed that might be the consequence of selective breeding?

I am curious as to what her reaction was. I'm guessing either she got the point and as his head hit the pavement, she realized she had a heart, only for it to be smashed, or alternatively, delved further into her neurotic self "he's always trying to spoil my good time!".

North American feminist equivalent:
"Don't lay your guilt-trips on ME!"

I am curious as to what her reaction was. I'm guessing either she got the point and as his head hit the pavement, she realized she had a heart, only for it to be smashed, or alternatively, delved further into her neurotic self "he's always trying to spoil my good time!".

Probably the latter. Some will brush it off as a result of his "mental instability", some won't. If she was old enough, there's probably very little room for individual growth, barring exceptional circumstances.

Funnily, I just noticed that the man's name was "Tao".

Now there's irony :)

"Returning to the source is serenity."